“Bigtyme Is My Career Goal” Grabriel Vasquez Interview

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A few words with Professional Mixed Martial Artist Gabriel Vasquez fighting out of Martial Arts and Athletic Center in Amarillo, TX.  He will have his biggest test yet as he travels to South Texas on March 23rd for ROCKS XTREME MMA / Title fight against local fighter and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Blackbelt / Hector Munoz (9-4). Here we go!!

sPidA: How’s your training going for this fight?

BIGTYME: My training has been excellent! Big step up from the rest of my fights.

sPidA: You have held a Title and have fought for others, any pressure going into this bout?

BIGTYME: I held the 155 SCS Title last year. This will be my 4th title fight in a row so no pressure on me plus its not my home town so no pressure at all.

sPidA: With the nickname “BIGTYME” is that a sign of things to come 2013?

BIGTYME: BIGTYME is my career goal, to make it to the big time shows. That’s why I got that name. (Thanks sis in law)

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sPidA: What do you know about your opponent? Have you changed your training up coming into this title fight?

BIGTYME: He is 9-4 with great ground game which most of my opponents are but by far his is the best. Training changed a little diet wise, as well as for my strength and conditioning. Other than that just stepped it up a notch in the gym.

sPidA: Thank you for the time bro and best of luck come March 23rd!  Anyone you would like to thank for supporting you for this Title bout?

BIGTYME: My family first, they wait up long hours of the night for me to get home, Master Lister head trainer, Dena Lister Fitness and Cardio coach, Coach Leon/Boxing coach, Triton Fight Center BJJ Coach/instructor, Coach Klein wrestling coach, everyone in the MAAC FIGHT TEAM, sponsors, JD TIRES & WHEELS, TASTE OF THAI and all my family, friends and fans! BIGTYME

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A look inside Brazilian Top Team – Texas

“I don’t want you to just train at Brazilian Top Team, I want you to be a part of Brazilian Top Team”

Over the next few months I will try and provide an overall picture of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts gyms in San Antonio and Austin, Texas.

I will start with Brazilian Top Team – Texas, located in San Antonio. Brazilian Top Team – Texas is owned and operated by Professor Marcello Salazar Bergo. Marcello is a Third Degree Black Belt under Murilo Bustamante, a Fifth Degree Black Belt under the renowned Carlson Gracie. Professor Bustamante is also one of the founders of Brazilian Top Team.

It was not hard to research Marcello due to his volumes of videos on the web and titles in wrestling, grappling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ).  Sherdog  has Marcello listed as 8-1(6 victories by submission) as a professional MMA fighter.

I was able to sit down with Marcello after he finished teaching a BJJ class this past Tuesday night and here is what he had to stay;

Nomad: Please tell me about yourself?
Marcello: I was born in Rio de Janeiro on 27 March 1981. I am married to Larissa Gruenzner and have two children, Katarina Bergo and Olav Bergo.

Nomad: When did you first start training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Marcello: I started training BJJ and Judo at the age of eight, under Coach Juarez Soares, he only teaches kids classes. I stopped training for a few years then when I was fifteen I began training again…

Nomad: What was it like to training under the legendary Carlson Gracie?
Marcello: Carlson made the difference! We never knew what to expect when he would taught. I didn’t have the opportunity to train with him longer because he moved to USA. I remember him as a legend and the father of everything, he made the best fighters of the history and each one who trained with him still carrying part of his BJJ Style. Once Carlson moved to the United States and I began training under Murilo Bustamante and Mario Sperry. My BJJ philosophy still the same: You don’t just train at Brazilian Top Team – Texas… You are a part of Brazilian Top Team – Texas!

Nomad: Please tell me about your training under the Murilo Bustamante?
Marcello: Bustamante is a great leader to the team. He made history competing MMA and BJJ, his career was very successful. It is a honor to have him as my professor and friend.

Nomad: When did you receive your Black belt?
Marcello: I received by Black belt at the age of 24.

Nomad: How did you get the nick name “Barbarian”?
Marcello: They started call me the “Barbarian” because I always had the same song to fight: The Anvil of Crom.

Nomad: When did you come to the United States?
Marcello: About five years ago I signed with the extinct IFL to fight in USA. Also, I was invited to come to the United States to teach two UFC fighters, Mike Pierce and Rick Story. During that time I began exploring the idea to stay and open a new BTT school in California with my friend Marcelo Perdomo, however; ended up with the opportunity to own BTT – Texas and I took it, this was largely due to Bill Bradley.

Nomad: Tell me about your gym?
Marcello: BTT – Texas is a 9000 square foot training facility. We have 2,500 square foot of mat space, full MMA cage, weight training area, striking area, and lockers and showers. My wife, Larissa; is the manager, Nancy Martinez is our conditioning trainer, Richard Smith is our striking coach, Sam Hudson is our kids BJJ instructor and I am the head BJJ instructor. Also, I have few high rank students who help me with the classes.

Nomad: Do you have any black belts under you?
Marcello: Yes, I have two. Bill Bradley, owner of BTT – Portland and Christofer Easter who serves in the United States Armed Forces.

Nomad: What is your teaching philosophy?
Marcello: My philosophy is teach the BJJ Life Style, that means use the sport to increase the life quality. I have been sharing my experiences with my students, on the mat I learned more about myself and how interact as a human being.

On the mat I learned: how be tough, have discipline, care about my nutrition, work as a team and help teammates… Doing BJJ I have been making friends since I was a little kid: poor friends, rich, famous, anonymous… On the mat we are all equal and with different talents!
The loyalty is the key of our success, the result of one is the result of all because we all carry the same flag. I am proud to be part of this team and I can see that all the guys feel the same.

Nomad: Who is mostly responsible for your success in BJJ and MMA?
Marcello: For sure, it’s the people who I have around me since I started. My professor taught me BJJ not only to fight in IBJJF tournaments, because the Federation didn’t exist when I started, it was before the first world championship. We trained BJJ without rules as a self-defense, what made BJJ popular after defeat other styles of fight. That old school style is effective to fight, since I started I have been competing with success in: BJJ, Grappling, Wrestling, Sambo, and MMA. Our philosophy is always be open to innovate, adapt and create techniques. I get ready to fight by training with my students.

Nomad: You recently had two other Black Belts, Eduardo Ramos and Vinicius Gahyva, visiting your school, please tell us about them.
Marcello: They’re two great guys, Eduardo is a heavyweight who likes to play guard, Vinicius is a lightweight who likes to play on the top. I know them for more than 10 years and it is good to have the opportunity to bring them over here to train with the team.
I always have some black belts who come to visit our school, usually friends of mine from Rio de Janeiro. Also, I have two black belts under me in BTT-Texas and sometimes the guys from BTT-Plano come from Dallas to do cross-training.

Nomad: Do you plan on competing again?
Marcello: Oh yeah. I plan to never stop competing!
I like to feel the adrenaline of the challenged… The pain of the loss and the glory of the victory working together to make me a better fighter.

Nomad: What’s is on the horizon for BTT – Texas?
Marcello: We are in the process of opening a new BTT in Corpus Christi. The gym will be ran by my long time friend, Robert Moreira, a Fifth Degree BJJ Black Belt.

Nomad: How would you describe BTT – Texas?
Marcello: I don’t want BTT – Texas to just be a BJJ gym where we only open the doors for our classes. I want us to be more like a club, where the doors are always open and if you want to train then you just come. I want this gym to be much like the gym I was raised up in while in Brazil. A place to come and meet friends, grow as a person, learn Jiu Jitsu, share stories, and have fun.

Nomad: Do you have any last words for our readers?
Marcello: BTT – Texas wants to provide an environment where people of any background, experience and fitness level can learn and train in mixed martial arts, the core being Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi and Nogi, Wrestling, Muay Thai and Boxing.

BTT – Texas will have five Amateur MMA fighters on the Alamo Showdown 4 card this August 31, 2012. Christopher Frazier, Caleb Murphree, and Edward Rodriguez will be making their MMA debut. Parker Reid will be looking for his fourth win and Jewel Snell will be fighting for the ABG Featherweight Title.

Professor Marcello Salazar Bergo can be contacted at:
BTT – Texas
5345 Glen Ridge Drive
San Antonio, TX. 78229
Phone: 210-248-9255
Email: brazilian.topteam.texas@gmail.com

“Here I am keeping my promise” – Matt Mazurek Interview

Have been able to watch Matt Mazurek fight once in his amateur career and just like anybody in the sport, the sky is the limit with this guy. Fighting out of Austin,Texas…He comes from great camp and has a great test for himself come August 25.”BLOOD & GLORY”in Robstown,TX…for ticket info call: 361-387-9000 LETS DO THIS!!

sPidA: Bro, how long have you been waiting on making your Pro debut?

Mazurek: Making my pro debut has been a life long dream. It has been in the back of my mind for as long as I can think. It was my moms last wish before she passed,that I take fighting as far as I can take it. I remember when I first started taking martial arts at the age of 6. My mom was a brown belt in taekwondo. She was one tough momma. I looked up to her for that. Now here I am keeping my promise.

sPidA: You had a great Mixed Martial Arts amateur career and actually won a title, whose decision was it to finally go Pro?

Mazurek: Winning that title was something I felt I had to achieve before making this jump. I WILL have another title at some point. As for the jump to the pro scene, it was both my decision and a team decision. My head trainers really felt I was ready for the jump once I won the AMMA Lightweight Texas Title.

sPidA: Your opponent for your debut is an experienced fighter in Chris Pecero, are you nervous going into this

Mazurek: As for Chris Pecero, I respect him as a fighter, but when we are in that Cage, it’s on.. I’ve been in the fight game for quite some time. The way I see it, he wont hit me harder than what my team does, he wont put me through anything I have not been through. When it comes to his record, it’s just a number. All I can say is he has not been locked in a Cage with anyone like me. August 25th, he will see first hand what I’m capable of.

sPidA: You have some pretty great guys to train with @ Austin Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu, how hard do these guys push you day in and day out?

Mazurek: Man, my team is the best! I wouldn’t change it for the world.. At Austin Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu we are one BIG family.. Love those guys! We really do have some of the top fighters in Texas and the world. Training with these guys is extremely tough most of the time. They push me to the point where I feel like I’m gonna die (lol) but after it’s over, I know I’m that much better the next day.

sPidA: Are you training full-time for this, if so how often are you able to prepare for your Pro debut?

Mazurek: I was training full time for about 5 months. The fight world is crazy at times. Since March I have had 3 fights drop on me. In that time I got some great training in with some top guys. I was getting in about 6 hours a day of everything from ground to muay thai to strength and conditioning. Sunday was my only day off to relax and get some mental training and think about everything i learned through the week.

sPidA: Other than the typical muay thai and grappling, what other routines are you throwing into the mix?

Mazurek: Well, I don’t really wanna give too much about my fighting style… Just know, come August 25th there are gonna be some BIG hits going on..

sPidA: You will be competing outside your home town, will this play a factor in your Pro debut, how do you personally deal with something like this?

Mazurek: I actually love fighting out of my home City. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love fighting in Austin but when I fight outside my home town I feel more relaxed. Its weird in a way. I feel like all the pressure of having all your close friends watching and wondering what they are thinking is gone. I get to come to his home town and add fans to my book (LoL). I know I’ll get some boos in the crowed but when they see just how hard I go I’ll make believers out of them. Austin Fighters are tough and We’ll make a name in this sport..

sPidA: The sport of Mixed Martial Arts has really changed over the years, do you see any major changes in the sport in the near future?

Mazurek: I tell ya, Mixed Martial Arts has progressed so much over the years. I really don’t know where the sport will go 20 years from now, but what I can say is I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.

sPidA: With so much talent at Austin Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu, who would you say pushes you the hardest?

Mazurek: Of all of my brothers in the gym, the one that stands out the most would have to be Tim Kennedy. He is a beast! He pushes everyone in the gym. It’s kinda a love/hate relationship LoL.. You hate being in there with him but at the same time it’s awesome because you get the chance to train one on one with one of the top 10 fighters in the world.When you’re in there with him, it’s all pressure all the time. He does not let off until you hear that buzzer. It’s great though. I know training with him will make me that much better.

sPidA: SCENARIO: You get attacked one day while leaving the gym, who would you rather come help you: Steven Segal , Joe Rogan or Ed Oneil (Al Bundy) and why?

Mazurek: LOL, well I’m gonna have to go with my boy Steven Segal. He can kill people just by looking at them LoL. I saw a video of him where he had 14 guys attack him at once and he kicked all of their butts like it was nothing. So, if I was in the situation where I needed help, he would be the one I’d call.

sPidA: Thank you much for taking time for this bro, I was granted Cage Side access for this one (unlike many out there) So I will see you there come August 25th, any last-minute words?

Mazurek:Hey, thank you brotha. I just wanna say that this fight is for my momma. I know she’s gonna be in there with me. Also my coaches,my girl and my sponsors (Thank you)… everyone that loves Mixed Martial Arts, spread the word on TexasFighting.com and help support your Texas fighters.

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Open Casting Call to be Held for Combat Sports Athletes in Myrtle Beach for Reality Show [Press Release]

PRESS RELEASE: July 23, 2012

Myrtle Beach, SC – Global Proving Ground (GPG), a new revolutionary platform that enables combat sports athletes to showcase their skills on a global level, announced today that additional casting calls will be held both in the U.S. and abroad for the GPG related reality show project. All experienced fighters with a combat sports background are welcome. The next open casting call will take place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on July 26, at Carolina Forest Martial Arts.

The first open casting call for this exciting reality show project, hosted by the MMA & Sports Expo ‘Show of Strength’ in Atlantic City, exceeded the creator’s expectations. The casting call drew many elite fighters from a variety of martial arts backgrounds. Hollywood producer/director Ben Perry, who has worked with many A-list celebrities including Chuck Norris and Clint Eastwood, filmed each fighter’s official try-out video.

According to James Jefferson, CEO and Co-Founder of Global Proving Ground, “The first open casting call was a great success. We are happy to announce that additional casting calls will be held in various locations around the globe. During the open casting calls elite combat sports athletes will be filmed by experienced producers, ensuring that each fighter’s reality show try out video is of the highest quality.”

During each open casting call, reality show hopefuls will be required to demonstrate their fighting skills and tell the world why fight fans should vote them onto the show. Fan votes will determine the final cast for this very exciting Hollywood TV project!

Jefferson had this to add, “Fighters that can’t make it out to one of our open casting calls will still have a chance to make it on the show. Fighters will have the opportunity to submit a reality show try-out video through Global Proving Ground (GPG), a new revolutionary platform where fighters of all disciplines can showcase their skills to promoters, match-makers, sponsors and producers. Full details on GPG will be announced this week, so stay tuned!”

ALL experienced fighters with a combat sports background are encouraged to try out for the reality show. The show’s creator is seeking elite fighters from all over the world. Fighters of all disciplines are welcome; MMA, Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Muay Thai, Boxing, K-1 and many others.

The casting call in Myrtle Beach will take place this Thursday, July 26, 2012 at Carolina Forest Martial Arts in the Forest Crossing Shopping Center (4999 Carolina Forest Blvd. Unit-15.) Filming of reality show hopefuls will take place from 10am to 3pm and from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Training gear will be available for fighter use during filming. Coaches are welcome to attend.

About Global Proving Ground (GPG):
Global Proving Ground (GPG) is the ideal platform for fighters of all martial arts disciplines to showcase their skills on a global level. It is THE place for promoters, sponsors, television producers, match makers and fight managers to discover new elite fight talent. GPG offers skilled combat sports athletes of all disciplines useful tools to help showcase their skills and advance their careers. It is also a place for fans to show support for their favorite amateur and professional fighters. Full details on the GPG platform will be announced soon!

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“What keeps me motivated is becoming the best…” Randy Villarreal Interview

Randy Villarreal - 125 lbs Prospect

Probably one of the most active Mixed Martial Arts fighters at both 125-135 weight class division. A few words with someone I personally know and whose career I have always followed. Bound STFC come Friday July 13th, a few words with Randy Villarreal.

sPidA: What first attracted you to Mixed Martial Arts?

Villarreal: When living in San Antonio my brother used to bring UFC DVD’s to my apt, that got us looking for a place to train and we found your class. (Yes our very own sPidA was my first Jiu-Jitsu Instructor)

sPidA: You’ve competed a lot in both your amateur MMA career as well as your Pro career now, what keeps you motivated?

Villareal: I have had over 25 fights in 5 years, what keeps me motivated is becoming the best in the 125lb weight division and be World Champion. Then I’ll be satisfied!!

sPidA: You have fought some of the best talent in both the 125-135lb weight division, if you could host a Flyweight Tournament and add 3 others (including yourself) who would they be and why?

Villareal: If we’re talking 25ers not in the ufc for a flyweight tourney it would def be Will Campuzano (cause thats the one 125lb fight I want more than any else and I feel he doesnt wanna fight me) Jimmy Flick (so I can avenge my loss to him) and either Jason Sampson or Nick Mamalis (so I can avenge those losses as well, since I was winning both those fights.)

sPidA: People always ask me “when is the best time for a fighter to start competing?” Your thoughts?

Villarreal: I would say, the time frame for an MMA fighter to start competing would depend on the individual and the amount of time he put into his training, both physically and mentally. With that said, realistically anywhere from 8 months to a year of solid full time training and the right Coaching.

sPidA: With fights getting harder and harder to find here in Texas, are you looking to compete outside the State this year?

Villareal: I wouldn’t mind fighting outside the State (as I have before) but it all depends on the pay and a fight with ANYONE at 125lbs.

sPidA: Thank you bro for making time for this, as always we wish you the best,anything else to end this Interview?

Villarreal: Id like to thank my coaches Durwyn Lamb,  Tony Tipton,  Albert Hughes, Coach Javad and Coach Sina for all the work they put into me for my fight this Friday the 13th. Midnight Activity Music for being there for me since my amateur days. I’d also like to thank you Spida for all the continued work you do for ALL the fighters and last but not least I’d like to thank all my fans and supporters. I love you all!!!
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